Engineering Explained Finds Turbo 2017 Honda Civic Si Pretty Good, But Not Perfect

The 2017 Honda Civic Si costs a staggering $10,000 less than the Civic Type R but is it worth the $23,900 price of admission?

Engineering Explained wanted to find out so they decided to check out Honda’s sporty new model which features a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 205 hp (207 PS) and 192 lb-ft (260 Nm) of torque.

The engine isn’t the only thing that separates the Civic Si from lesser models as the car has also been equipped with an adaptive electric power steering system, a limited-slip differential, and larger 12.3-inch front brake rotors. Engineers also installed a sport-tuned suspension which has two-mode adaptive dampers, stiffer springs, and beefier stabilizer bars.

Despite all the extras, the Civic Si weighs significantly less than its predecessor. The coupe loses 113 pounds (60.3 kg), while the sedan drops 96 pounds (43.5 kg).

With the highlights out of the way, what’s the verdict? The review seems to suggest the car is pretty good as it is fun to drive, gets impressive gas mileage, and comes loaded with equipment. However, the Civic Si isn’t perfect as the reviewer notes the car has some turbo lag and steering that lacks feedback.


Photo Gallery

  • Six Thousand Times

    Love all the engineering nerd-speak.

  • Kyle Newberry


GM’s eBike Brand Named ARĪV, Launches In Europe With Two Models

The Meld and Merge eBikes offer ranges of up to 64 km (40 miles) on a single charge.

Je Design Bumps Cupra Ateca To 355 HP For The Price Of A Supermini

The pack for the Cupra Ateca includes an extra 59 HP, sporty exterior upgrades and new wheels.

France Will Invest $790 Million In Battery Industry To Reduce Reliance On China

President Emmanuel Macron is wary of trade wars and wants the French industry to become independent .

Mercedes To Expand Plug-In Hybrid Range To 10 Models By End Of This Year

Models like the A-Class, the GLC, the GLE, and more will get a PHEV powertrain option within 2019.

Vicious Texas Drainage Holes Still Claim SUVs, Trucks And Amazon Vans

These holes have been a hazard for quite some time, but local authorities haven’t gotten around to fixing them.

Should Kahn Build A Pink Lamborghini Urus Or Go For Purple?

Kahn’s founder took to social media to ask whether they should go ahead with the pink Urus project.

Woman Who Can’t Get A Deal On New Car Gets Free Scion From A Total Stranger

The woman could believe this random act of kindness.

2019 Chevy Silverado Is The First-Ever Truck To Pace Daytona 500

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will lead the pack driving a bone-stock Silverado powered by a 420hp V8.

2020 Kia Soul EV Gets 243-Mile Range Rating From EPA

The 2020 Kia Soul EV beats most of its rivals, like the Nissan Leaf E+ and Chevy Bolt.

Would You Pay $55,000 For This Well-Kept 1991 BMW M5?

The car is finished in Brilliant Red and has a grey leather interior with the optional Executive Seating package.